Blending the Virtual and the Real – Using Freeware 3D simulation to Enhance Realism in Audio Engineering.

Christopher Barlow, Sean Lancastle

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Abstract

Freeware graphics tools were used to create a 3d simulation of a building and deliver it online to audio engineering students via a Virtual Learning Environment. A pilot group of students were required to design a sound reinforcement system for the virtual building, while another group of students were given a similar task based only on 2d architectural plans. Questionnaires and interviews were used to assess the learning experience of the two groups. Results indicated that the use of the simulation increased realism of the learning experience, increased motivation and enabled more effective communication amongst the group compared to those using only the 2d plans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education
EditorsKen Fernstrom, Nancy Pyrini
PublisherUniversity of the Fraser Valley
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009

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Barlow, C., & Lancastle, S. (2009). Blending the Virtual and the Real – Using Freeware 3D simulation to Enhance Realism in Audio Engineering. In K. Fernstrom, & N. Pyrini (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education University of the Fraser Valley.
Barlow, Christopher ; Lancastle, Sean. / Blending the Virtual and the Real – Using Freeware 3D simulation to Enhance Realism in Audio Engineering. Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education . editor / Ken Fernstrom ; Nancy Pyrini. University of the Fraser Valley, 2009.
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Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingConference contribution

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Barlow C, Lancastle S. Blending the Virtual and the Real – Using Freeware 3D simulation to Enhance Realism in Audio Engineering. In Fernstrom K, Pyrini N, editors, Proceedings of the International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Education . University of the Fraser Valley. 2009